Journal of Educational Controversy


Monday, December 30, 2019

Education Week Lists its Top Debates for the Last Decade

If you want to read Education Week’s selection of the top eleven “policy debates” and “challenging issues” of the last decade, you can link to it here:

2010 to Now: A Turbulent Decade for Schools

By Evie Blad and Andrew Ujifusa

December 18, 2019

 The new year brings to close a decade of stormy education policy debates, challenging issues for the nation’s schools, and the maturing of a new federal education law—the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Between 2010 and 2020, enrollment at U.S. public schools grew more diverse. The public narrative on the teaching profession swung between calls to fire ineffective educators and sympathy for those who must work two jobs to keep up with their bills. And U.S. education secretaries caused controversy like never before. (continue to article)

Here is their list.  Go to the article for a description of each.

  1. The Every Student Succeeds Act
  2. Betsy DeVos
  3. Obama Makes His Mark
  4. Common Core and Testing
  5. Tumultuous Times for Unions
  6. School Shootings and Safety Debates
  7. Student Enrollment: Two Tipping Points
  8. Pendulum Swing for Civil Rights Enforcement
  9. Battles Over School Choice
  10. Teacher Activism
  11. Bonus: ‘Whole Child’ and SEL

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Friday, December 27, 2019

For Teachers Preparing to Teach about Impeachment and the 2020 Election

iCivics, the civic education organization, founded by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has come out with new programs, lessons, and video games to help students understand the upcoming impeachment process and the 2020 election.

Check out their latest resources. 

1.     NEW Cast Your Vote Game
There’s a whole new version of our Cast Your Vote game that gives students practice researching candidates and issues ahead of Election Day. Download the Cast Your Vote Extension Pack and use the materials to help you reinforce the game's key concepts.

2.     Impeachment and Conviction Infographic   
Do your students have questions about how the impeachment process works? Our new infographic and accompanying teacher’s Slide Deck will equip you to teach about this current event in your classroom.

3.     Politics & Public Policy Unit 
Dive into this curated unit to amp up election excitement in your classroom. Students will learn concepts and processes through simulations, presentations, vocabulary-building activities, and a mock election!